Dora's picnic by Christine Ricci

By Christine Ricci

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Dora and her buddies are going to a picnic at Play Park. what's going to everybody bring?

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In the Iroquoian story of Sky Woman, the second twin is the trickster. Tricksters account for many of the ills and petty annoyances humans experience. Because tricksters also have supernatural origins, humans must put up with their pranks. Some tricksters, such as the Iroquoian twin Tawis-karong, the Old Man of the Crow and the Blackfoot, or the Winnebago trickster Wakdjunkga, were more or less human in form. Many other tricksters were animals with human characteristics: the Shoshone and other western tribes had Coyote; the Lakota had Inktomi, or “spider”; the Ojibwa, Hare; the Seminole, Rabbit; the Luiseño, Frog Woman.

The and controlling it is a difficult and ability to receive visions, either to foreexacting task. tell the future or to diagnose illnesses, is a 32 NATIVE AMERICAN RELIGIONS necessary part of being a shaman, and the most powerful shamans are those people who are called by spirits to serve their tribe, even sometimes against their will. fEmALE sHAmAns As a rule young women cannot be shamans because of the power of their fertility, but in a number of cultures women may become shamans, as opposed to herbalists or healers of common illnesses, when they pass childbearing age.

Their attempts represent the struggle of humans to give up ignorance. 52 NATIVE AMERICAN RELIGIONS THE PiPE of PEACE One day a beautiful woman dressed in white buckskin appeared to two Sioux hunters. Although they recognized her as coming from the spirit world, one of the hunters desired her. When he approached her a cloud of mist covered them both. When the mist cleared the woman was as before, but the man whose thoughts about her were impure had been reduced to a skeleton. The woman told the other hunter to go home and tell the chief of their tribe to prepare for her coming by putting up a special ceremonial lodge.

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